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  • June 21, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/21/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families and Happy Father's Day to all the Hillside dads!

    It's hard to imagine that we have just four days of school left in the school year.  This year has had its challenges, but we are grateful to have gone and persevered through these challenges with such a wonderful school community.  The Hillside staff and I thank you for your partnership, particularly over the last three months, and are excited about the possibility of returning to some kind of normal in the fall.  Stay tuned for that!

    We have a very busy and exciting four days ahead!  On Monday, we have TWO school-wide assemblies.  The first at 9:00 a.m. is the Student Council "Election Edition" Assembly where the student body will listen to speeches given by the fourth grade candidates for each position of President, Vice-President and Secretary.  Students will then have the opportunity to vote for their candidates of choice.  Classroom teachers will make the Google Form ballot available after the assembly.  We kindly ask that students cast their votes by 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon.  Winners will be announced at the whole-school Student Council Kahoot! Trivia Game at 2:00 p.m.  Links for both events are in the calendar below.  Teachers will also make these links available to students on their Google Classroom pages.  Thanks so much!

    On Tuesday, we have a whole-school Zumba class scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and hosted by World Language teacher, Mrs. Gonzalez, and former Hillside World Language teacher, Mrs. Saraceno.  We thank them for offering our school this wonderful opportunity and look forward to it!  Please encourage your children to attend.  The link is below and will be made available through classroom teachers, as well.

    This week is a big one for our fifth graders!  While we would have wanted nothing more than to celebrate as we normally do, we are excited to celebrate in new ways, but we need everyone's help!  On the last day of school, June 25, the whole school is invited to the annual Fifth Grade Talent Show at 10:30 a.m., where we will view recordings of some of our fifth graders' talents.  The show will be followed by a watch party of the Fifth Grade Photo Montage and then the Fifth Grade Clap Out at 12:00 p.m.  It would be wonderful to have ALL students participate in these activities, as they would if we were together physically, and I ask that families ensure that students join us for both the Talent Show and Clap Out using the same link below.  Let's show our fifth graders how proud of them we are!  Thank you, in advance, for your anticipated support!

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    REMINDER MESSAGE FROM THE HILLSIDE PTA

    2020-21 School Supply Kits  

    Hello, Wonderful Hillside Families!  Our kickoff to the 2020-2021 School Supply Sale starts TODAY!

    Teachers have compiled lists of the supplies your child will need for the school year.  These supplies will be packed into a box for each individual student and delivered directly to the classroom prior to the first day of school.  No searching stores for the right items!  No waiting in line!  Simply order the correct kit online of the grade in which your child will go into in September and we will take care of the rest.  Orders must be made online only; no paper orders will be accepted.  

    If you have questions regarding the kits, please contact Elisa Chang (elisafloralou@gmail.com) Jaime Lauro (jaimelauro@gmail.com) for purchasing information and details.

    You can order using this link and entering the code below:

    www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

    School ID: HIL258

    The sale closes 6/30 and everything will ship to the school over the summer.

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    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Joseph Stein, Fourth Grade, June 22
    • Bettina Yao, Second Grade, June 22
    • Alexander Montes De Oca, Second Grade, June 25
    • Julian Conklin Vales, First Grade, June 26
    • Gabby Ford, Fourth Grade, June 26
    • Dylan Weisman, Fifth Grade, June 26
    • Anthony Casale, First Grade June 27
    • Al Jathiyya Ali, First Grade, June 27

    Happy birthday to third grade teacher, Mrs. Gursky, who celebrates on June 26!

    And, happy birthday to the many students and staff who celebrate birthdays over the summer!  I have a summer birthday, too, and even though we don't usually get to celebrate in school, it's the summer! :)  Enjoy them!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include:

    Keep your mind in shape while having fun! This exploration board introduces students to different types of brain teasers- from novice to expert. 

    Thanks so much, enjoy the week ahead, and have a happy and healthy summer!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Sunday, 6-21: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 22, 2020--Remote Learning Week 14, And Final!

    Monday, 6-22: Student Council Assembly-Election Edition!, 9:00 a.m., Whole School 

    Invited

    Kahoot! Trivia Game Sponsored by the Student Council, 2:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-23: Fifth Grade Moving Up Celebration Video Watch Party (fifth grade families 

    only), 10:00 a.m.

    Whole-School Zumba Class with World Language Teacher, Mrs. 

    Gonzalez, 1:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, 6-24: Fifth Grade Commencement Car Parades!  9:00 - 12:00 p.m. (for fifth 

    grade families only)

    Thursday, 6-25: Fifth Grade Talent Show Video Watch Party (whole school), 10:30 a.m.

    Fifth Grade Clap Out (whole school), 12:00 p.m.

    Last Day of School!  Happy Summer!

    Friday, 6-26: Fifth Grade Material Return to Hillside, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

    2020-21 School Year:  First day of School for Students:  September 3, 2020

    See next year's Academic Calendar Here.

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  • June 14, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/14/2020 8:40:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    What beautiful weather we had this weekend!  I hope you were able to enjoy it with your children!

    As a follow up to Superintendent Block's message regarding the return of student materials, I am happy to notify you that teachers have packed up your children's belongings and they are being delivered to your homes via district buses on Wednesday, June 17th.  If you would prefer not to have your children's materials returned or are out of town and nobody will be home to retrieve them, please let my secretary, Gina Ioviero, know as soon as possible by contacting her via email at gioviero@livingston.org.  Note to second and third grade families:  Trip money is also being returned in student bags; please look for your returned trip money there.  

    Families are asked to use these same bags, if possible, to store and return any items you may have at home that belong to the school.  Students currently in grades K-4 will return school materials in the fall when (hopefully) we return to school physically.  Fifth grade families are asked to return school items, including Chromebooks and chargers, in these bags on Friday, June 26th, between 9:00 a.m. and noon.  If this day/time does not work for any fifth grade family, please let me know so that we can make other arrangements.  Students in grades K-4 who are not returning to Hillside, should plan to return their materials also on June 26th between 9:00 a.m. and noon.  Thanks so much for your cooperation!

    I am very happy to report to families that the school has exceeded its 150,000-minute goal for the Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge and we WILL HAVE the Zoom PJ Party on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for the entire school!  In fact, students read about 179,505 total minutes!!  Such a fantastic job by the students and I am so proud of them!  Thanks to families for encouraging their children to read and log their minutes read.  Please see here for the Zoom PJ Party invitation and here or below for the Zoom link.  We have some guest readers and giveaways, so please be sure to have your children join Wednesday's party at 9:30 a.m.--in their PJs! :) 

    We have our annual visit from the Livingston Public Library on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. where we will learn about this year's Summer Reading Challenge Program.  The whole school is invited to this assembly to view the Summer Reading Challenge video and engage in a "Q&A" with representatives from the public library.  Please be sure to have your children join the assembly.  Thanks so much!

    On Thursday, Kindergarten students and families are invited to a Kindergarten Celebration Video Watch Party at 10:00 a.m.  Looking forward to celebrating our youngest learners and their first year at Hillside!

    We have our final Caring Communities session of the year on Friday at 10:00 a.m.  Your children will meet with their CC teachers for a character education-themed lesson and to say farewell to our fifth grade friends, many of whom have been with the same CC teacher for six years!  Families will receive an email from CC teachers by Friday morning with meeting link information.  All meeting links will also be available on each classroom teacher's Google Classroom page, so that students can access themselves if that's more convenient.  Can't wait to see our CC groups!

    Please see below for two reminder messages from the PTA and reminder messages for fifth grade families.  

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    REMINDER MESSAGES FROM THE HILLSIDE PTA

    1. 2020-21 School Supply Kits:  

    Hello, Wonderful Hillside Families!  Our kickoff to the 2020-2021 School Supply Sale starts TODAY!

    Teachers have compiled lists of the supplies your child will need for the school year.  These supplies will be packed into a box for each individual student and delivered directly to the classroom prior to the first day of school.  No searching stores for the right items!  No waiting in line!  Simply order the correct kit online of the grade in which your child will go into in September and we will take care of the rest.  Orders must be made online only; no paper orders will be accepted.  

    If you have questions regarding the kits, please contact Elisa Chang (elisafloralou@gmail.com) Jaime Lauro (jaimelauro@gmail.com) for purchasing information and details.

    You can order using this link and entering the code below:

    www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

    School ID: HIL258

    The sale closes 6/30 and everything will ship to the school over the summer.

    1. PTA Online Auction:

    We hope this email finds you well.  The PTA is very excited to announce our 65th Birthday Bash Online Auction coming up on Monday!  

    Since we were unable to hold Hillside’s biggest event of the year at Powerhouse Studios due to the pandemic, we will now bring you 76 AMAZING BASKETS right to your screen :)  Most of the baskets are valued at $200+, and some are just priceless! Some items you can look for are Designer handbags, Disney Park Hopper passes, Nintendo Switches, Sports events, and so much more.

    Our online auction is Live on Monday, June 8th, at 12:00PM.  You will have the opportunity to bid on your favorite baskets all week long.  The auction will close on Sunday, June 14th, at 10:00 PM.  Invoices will be sent out via Membership Toolkit, when all auctions come to an end. 

    You can view all auction items without an account by simply visiting:

    http://www.32auctions.com/hillside2020  

    In order to bid, you will need to create an account. All prizes must be picked up (no contact pick up), as we are unable to ship. Please see the auction program, including a list of prizes, here. Can’t wait for this new and fun event!

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    Notes to Fifth Grade Families:

    1.Fifth grade families! Please check out the link below for information regarding a community based artwork! We would love for every fifth grader to participate! 

    5th Crane Community Artwork 

    All the best, 

    The Elementary Art Team

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    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Anthony Kim, Grade 2, June 15
    • Gianna Savino, Grade 3, June 15
    • Matteo Savino, Grade 3, June 15
    • Hailey Ko, Grade 4, June 15
    • Hanna Kim, Grade 3, June 16
    • Zachary Croket, Grade 5, June 16
    • Charles Budzinski, Grade 4, June 17
    • Pranav Mukavilli, Grade 5, June 17
    • Vivian Li, Grade 1, June 18
    • Elias Borgella, Grade 2, June 19
    • Vincent Broderick, Grade 1, June 21

    Staff members celebrating birthdays this week are:

    • Miss Michelle Kim, June 15
    • Mrs. Lisa Bowe, June 18
    • Mr. Chris Ebneth, June 19

    I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include:

    • Miss Baseball? Here's a way to learn more about the sport (and the science behind it)!

    Science of Baseball Enrichment  (I sure do miss baseball!  Let's Go Mets!)

    Thanks so much and enjoy the week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 15, 2020--Remote Learning Week 13

    Tuesday, 6-16: Livingston Public Library Summer Reading Assembly (whole school), 

    10:00 a.m.

    Wednesday, 6-17: Student Materials Being Delivered to Homes

    Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge PJ Party!  9:30 a.m. (whole school)

    Thursday, 6-18: Kindergarten Celebration Video Watch Party! (Kindergarten families only) 

    10:00 a.m.

    Friday, 6-19: End of Final Marking Period

    Caring Communities Final Session, 10:00 a.m.

    Sunday, 6-21: Happy Father's Day!

    Week of June 22, 2020--Remote Learning Week 14, And Final!

    Monday, 6-22: Student Council Assembly-Election Edition!, 9:00 a.m., Whole School 

    Invited

    Kahoot! Trivia Game Sponsored by the Student Council, 2:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 6-23: Fifth Grade Moving Up Celebration Video Watch Party (fifth grade families 

    only), 10:00 a.m.

    Wednesday, 6-24: Fifth Grade Commencement Car Parades!  9:00 - 1:00 p.m. (for fifth 

    grade families only)

    Thursday, 6-25: Fifth Grade Talent Show Video Watch Party (whole school), 10:00 a.m.

    Fifth Grade Clap Out (whole school), 12:00 p.m.

    Last Day of School!  Happy Summer!

    Friday, 6-26: Fifth Grade Material Return to Hillside, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

    2020-21 School Year:  First day of School for Students:  September 3, 2020

    See next year's Academic Calendar Here.

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  • June 7, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 6/7/2020 5:45:00 PM

    Good evening, Hillside Families!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your children!

    This week is Assembly Week!  We have several assemblies scheduled for this week as follows:

    Please note that a flyer with information, including Zoom links, is hyperlinked to each assembly title.  Teachers will also include these in their agendas.  Because there are participant limits to each, we kindly ask that students only attend those assemblies to which their grades are assigned.  Thanks so much!

    Fourth and fifth grade families:  The Scott Chesney assemblies ask for students to view a recently released documentary prior to the assemblies.  We ask that your children do this before Wednesday's assemblies (it's free; please just follow the instructions on the flyer).  Thank you!

    We have our final PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome and can attend by clicking here.  The meeting link is also available in the calendar below. 

    This Friday is a Student Council School Spirit Day.  Students are encouraged to wear Hillside gear or school colors (blue and gold/yellow) on Friday.  Can't wait to see everyone showing spirit at Friday's whole-school assembly!

    As per Superintendent Block's video message from Friday, June 5, information regarding the return of student materials will be provided by his office tomorrow.  I will follow-up with additional details thereafter.  Please note that teachers have already started preparing student materials for return.  They will continue to safely visit the school this week to make these preparations.  Your patience as they do this and prepare for daily lessons/meetings is appreciated. 

    Please see below for two reminder messages from the PTA and reminder messages for fifth grade families.  

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    REMINDER MESSAGES FROM THE HILLSIDE PTA

    1. 2020-21 School Supply Kits:  

    Hello, Wonderful Hillside Families!  Our kickoff to the 2020-2021 School Supply Sale starts TODAY!

    Teachers have compiled lists of the supplies your child will need for the school year.  These supplies will be packed into a box for each individual student and delivered directly to the classroom prior to the first day of school.  No searching stores for the right items!  No waiting in line!  Simply order the correct kit online of the grade in which your child will go into in September and we will take care of the rest.  Orders must be made online only; no paper orders will be accepted.  

    If you have questions regarding the kits, please contact Elisa Chang (elisafloralou@gmail.com) Jaime Lauro (jaimelauro@gmail.com) for purchasing information and details.

    You can order using this link and entering the code below:

    www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

    School ID: HIL258

    The sale closes 6/30 and everything will ship to the school over the summer.

    1. PTA Online Auction:

    We hope this email finds you well.  The PTA is very excited to announce our 65th Birthday Bash Online Auction coming up on Monday!  

    Since we were unable to hold Hillside’s biggest event of the year at Powerhouse Studios due to the pandemic, we will now bring you 76 AMAZING BASKETS right to your screen :)  Most of the baskets are valued at $200+, and some are just priceless! Some items you can look for are Designer handbags, Disney Park Hopper passes, Nintendo Switches, Sports events, and so much more.

    Our online auction is Live on Monday, June 8th, at 12:00PM.  You will have the opportunity to bid on your favorite baskets all week long.  The auction will close on Sunday, June 14th, at 10:00 PM.  Invoices will be sent out via Membership Toolkit, when all auctions come to an end. 

    You can view all auction items without an account by simply visiting:

    http://www.32auctions.com/hillside2020  

    In order to bid, you will need to create an account. All prizes must be picked up (no contact pick up), as we are unable to ship. Please see the auction program, including a list of prizes, here. Can’t wait for this new and fun event!

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Notes to Fifth Grade Families:

    1.Fifth grade families! Please check out the link below for information regarding a community based artwork! We would love for every fifth grader to participate! 

    5th Crane Community Artwork 

    All the best, 

    The Elementary Art Team

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    1. From Mr. Battista: The deadline for 5th grade recording parts of  "Wherever I Go" for graduation is June 12th.

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    1. From Mr. Gramata:  Information about end-of-year fifth grade celebrations will be shared with fifth grade families early this week.  Stay tuned!

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    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Marcus Tsang, First Grader, June 8
    • Yanna Tsang, First Grader, June 8
    • Adam Johnston, Fifth Grader, June 8
    • Maxwell Kim, Fifth Grader, June 9
    • Sophia Cheng, First Grader, June 10
    • Megan Rabe, Fifth Grader, June 10
    • Patrick Shyu, Kindergartener, June 12
    • Madelyn Perez, Fifth Grader, June 12
    • Maximillian Perez, Fifth Grader, June 12
    • Jonah Weiss, Fifth Grader, June 12

    Staff members celebrating birthdays this week are:

    • Mr. Dean Smith, June 8
    • Mr. Justin Grossman, June 10
    • Miss Melissa Mondanaro, June 10
    • Mrs. Caroline Dugan, June 14
    • Mrs. Josephine Agostinelli, June 14

    I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include:

    Thanks so much and enjoy the week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 8, 2020--Remote Learning Week 12: "Assembly Week"

    Monday, 6-8: K-2 Assembly: "Love Without Hugs", 10:00 a.m. (click for information)

    Tuesday, 6-9: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for meeting link)

    Wednesday, 6-10: Scott Chesney Assembly, Grade 4, 10:00 a.m. (click for information)

    Scott Chesney Assembly, Grade 5, 11:00 a.m. (click for information)

    Thursday, 6-11: Grades 3-5 Assembly: "Species Endangerment", 10:00 a.m. (click for 

    information)

    Friday, 6-12: Student Council School Spirit Day: "Wear Hillside Gear or School Colors!"

    Whole-school Assembly: "Flowstyle BMX Presents: It's Just Like Riding a 

    Bike", 10:00 a.m. (click for information)

    Sunday, 6-14: Flag Day

    Week of June 15, 2020--Remote Learning Week 13

    Wednesday, 6-17: Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge PJ Party--Pending Goal 

    Accomplishment!, 9:30 a.m.

    Friday, 6-19: End of Final Marking Period

    Caring Communities Final Session, 10:00 a.m.

    Sunday, 6-21: Father's Day

    Week of June 22, 2020--Remote Learning Week 14, And Final!

    Monday, 6-22: Student Council Assembly-Election Edition!, 9:00 a.m., Whole School 

    Invited

    Kahoot! Trivia Game Sponsored by the Student Council, 2:00 p.m.

    Thursday, 6-25: Last Day of School!  Happy Summer!

     

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  • May 31, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/31/2020 10:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend with your awesome children!

    Thanks so much for helping us make Friday's first Virtual Caring Communities a success!  While we did not have all students participate, we had about 82% of our student population engaged.  Our goal for the last session on June 19 is to have ALL students participate.  Please note that this is a required activity as it would be in school.  Thanks, again, for your support!

    The district is preparing busing for next school year and subscription busing is available for interested families.  Please see the district page here for additional information.  Note that applications are due by June 15. 

    Note from Band Director, Mr. Hegedus, and Orchestra Director, Mrs. Vatoci:

    Beginning Monday, June 1st you will hear our Hillside neighborhoods alive with the sound of music! Our 4th & 5th grade Band & Orchestra students will be venturing outside to perform and record their own Personal Spring Concert.  

    If you happen to be in the neighborhood and you hear music, please cheer on our Band & Orchestra members as they share what they have been working on during our time at home.  All six elementary schools will be presenting their Spring Concerts this way so you may be hearing music all over town! 

    Excitedly,

    Mr. Hegedus & Mrs. Vatoci 

    Message from the PTA regarding 2020-21 School Supply Kits:

    Hello, Wonderful Hillside Families!  Our kickoff to the 2020-2021 School Supply Sale starts TODAY!

    Teachers have compiled lists of the supplies your child will need for the school year.  These supplies will be packed into a box for each individual student and delivered directly to the classroom prior to the first day of school.  No searching stores for the right items!  No waiting in line!  Simply order the correct kit online of the grade in which your child will go into in September and we will take care of the rest.  Orders must be made online only; no paper orders will be accepted.  

    If you have questions regarding the kits, please contact Elisa Chang (elisafloralou@gmail.com) Jaime Lauro (jaimelauro@gmail.com) for purchasing information and details.

    You can order using this link and entering the code below:

    www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

    School ID: HIL258

    The sale closes 6/30 and everything will ship to the school over the summer.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Notes to Fifth Grade Families:

    1.Fifth grade families! Please check out the link below for information regarding a community based artwork! We would love for every fifth grader to participate! 

    5th Crane Community Artwork 

    All the best, 

    The Elementary Art Team

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    1. From Mr. Battista: The deadline for 5th grade recording parts of  "Wherever I Go" for graduation is June 12th.

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    1. From Mr. Gramata:  I know fifth grade families are likely anxious about getting news regarding end of year celebrations.  Understandably!  Please hang tight!  Our goal is to celebrate your wonderful fifth graders like they deserve to be celebrated as best as possible under these conditions.  Information will be made available soon!

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    Reminder Messages:

    Our Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge is underway and I am so excited about what we hope will culminate with our Zoom PJ Party on June 17th!  At this morning PJ party, we will have guest readers and prize giveaways, so please encourage your children to read and log their reading each day (you can tell them I said it's mandatory!) and we look forward to celebrating!  Thanks so much for your support!

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    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Aneri Nanavati, Third Grader, June 1
    • Zachary Roth, First Grader, June 2
    • Lean Stein, First Grader, June 5
    • Avi Mehta, Third Grader, June 5
    • Emily Lazowski, Fourth Grader, June 5
    • Nicholas Beeney, First Grader, June 7

    Staff members celebrating birthdays this week are:

    • Mr. Percy Robinson, Lunch Aide, June 2

    I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include:

    Thanks so much and enjoy the week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of June 1, 2020--Remote Learning Week 11

    Friday, 6-5: Schools Closed, Unused Snow Day

    Week of June 8, 2020--Remote Learning Week 12: "Assembly Week"

    Monday, 6-8: K-2 Assembly: "Love Without Hugs", 10:00 a.m.

    Tuesday, 6-9: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (Zoom link to follow)

    Wednesday, 6-10: Scott Chesney Assembly, Grade 4, 10:00 a.m. (link to follow)

    Scott Chesney Assembly, Grade 5, 11:00 a.m. (link to follow)

    Thursday, 6-11: Grades 3-5 Assembly: "Species Endangerment", 10:00 a.m.

    Friday, 6-12: Student Council School Spirit Day: "Wear Hillside Gear or School Colors!"

    Whole-school Assembly: "Flowstyle BMX Presents: It's Just Like Riding a 

    Bike", 10:00 a.m.

    Sunday, 6-14: Flag Day

    Week of June 15, 2020--Remote Learning Week 13

    Wednesday, 6-17: Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge PJ Party--Pending Goal 

    Accomplishment!, 9:30 a.m.

    Friday, 6-19: End of Final Marking Period

    Caring Communities Final Session, 10:00 a.m.

    Sunday, 6-21: Father's Day

     

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  • May 25, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/25/2020 3:10:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!  On this Memorial Day, I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank our fallen veterans, and to thank those who continue to serve our nation and defend our freedom.  Their sacrifice is so greatly appreciated. 

    This Friday, we have our next Caring Communities session, which we plan on doing live, virtually!  As a reminder or for those families who are unfamiliar, our Caring Communities groups consist of students across grades K-5 who are assigned to a faculty/staff member with whom they meet once a month in small groups to participate in character education-themed activities (these groups do not change for as long as students/staff are at Hillside).  This will be the first time we attempt to have these sessions remotely and are very excited about seeing our Caring Communities group members!  What families can expect:

    • Caring Communities group leaders will email you a "test email" before Friday to ensure that contact can be made on Friday and that you know who to expect (the subject line will read "Caring Communities");
    • Sessions will start for all groups at 10:00 a.m. on Friday;
    • Caring Communities group leaders will send families links for Google Meet or Zoom meetings for the session prior to 10:00 a.m. on Friday;
    • The session will last about 45 minutes.

    Families are encouraged to ask their children the names of their Caring Communities group leaders.  If your children forgot, please contact classroom teachers for this information.  Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing our CC friends! 

    Our Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge continues this week.  Families are reminded that minutes must be logged in the provided reading logs located in classroom teachers' Google Classroom pages.  Please see the reminder message below for additional information, if needed.  Let's have the PJ Party on June 17th!  Read on!

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    Reminder Messages:

    Our Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge is underway and I am so excited about what we hope will culminate with our Zoom PJ Party on June 17th!  At this morning PJ party, we will have guest readers and prize giveaways, so please encourage your children to read and log their reading each day (you can tell them I said it's mandatory!) and we look forward to celebrating!  Thanks so much for your support!

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    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Ethan Liu, Fifth Grader,  May 27
    • Tara Sarode, Third Grader, May 28
    • Ian Koff, Fourth Grader, May 28
    • Caelia Cavendar, Kindergartener, May 29
    • Reem Almajanahi, Fifth Grader, May 29
    • Justin Wang, First Grader, May 31

    I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include:

    • Virtual Planetarium Shows: Planetarium shows always spark student interest. What to do when you can't get to the planetarium? Have it come to you! These shows have been shared by planetariums for students.
    • Math At Home Week 10

    Thanks so much and enjoy the week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 


    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 25, 2020--Remote Learning Week 10

    Monday, 5-25: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 5-29: Caring Communities Session, 10:00 a.m.

    Week of June 1, 2020--Remote Learning Week 11

    Friday, 6-5: Student Council School Spirit Day--"Wear Hillside Gear or School Colors" 

    (blue and gold/yellow)

    Week of June 8, 2020--Remote Learning Week 12

    Tuesday, 6-9: PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (Zoom link to follow)

    Wednesday, 6-10: Scott Chesney Assembly, Grade 4, 10:00 a.m. (link to follow)

    Scott Chesney Assembly, Grade 5, 11:00 a.m. (link to follow)



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  • May 17, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/17/2020 9:15:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

    Thanks to the families who joined me for the PTA meeting last Tuesday evening.  The meeting was well-attended and those who were present unanimously voted in three new parents to open positions for the 2020-21 school year.  I want to congratulate Mrs. Drost, our next Vice-President, Mrs. Tidey, our next Treasurer, and Mrs. Fein, our next Corresponding Secretary, on their new assignments.  I look forward to working with them and the existing members of the executive board next school year!

    The ScienceTellers "Aliens" assembly from Friday, May 8th, was recorded and can be found at this link:  https://vimeo.com/418569155/2d6c64112d.  Enjoy!

    Our Hillside Huskies Reading Challenge is underway and I am so excited about what we hope will culminate with our Zoom PJ Party on June 17th!  At this morning PJ party, we will have guest readers and prize giveaways, so please encourage your children to read and log their reading each day (you can tell them I said it's mandatory!) and we look forward to celebrating!  Thanks so much for your support!

    This Thursday is a Student Council School Spirit Day.  Students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to honor and thank our fallen soldiers who have served our wonderful nation.  Families are encouraged to send photos to teachers and me showing their pride and thanks. Thank you!

    This week is a shortened week, as schools are closed on Friday for Memorial Day Weekend.  Please note that schools are also closed on Monday, 5-25, for Memorial Day.  

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    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Hasan Kamal, Second Grader, May 18
    • Joseph Fischetti, Third Grader, May 18
    • Lena Parisi, First Grader, May 19
    • Ashley Litsky, Kindergartener, May 20
    • Adriana Miloslavsky, First Grader,  May 20
    • Christian Forgione, First Grader, May 20
    • Abby Abramowitz, Kindergartener, May 21
    • Emily Abramowitz, Kindergartener, May 21
    • Jeremy Chen, Third Grader, May 21
    • Treshelle Fermin, First Grader, May 23
    • Brianna Strasnick, Second Grader, May 23
    • Alexander Mujoski, Third Grader, May 24
    • Nathaniel Gerges, First Grader, May 25
    • Addison Lauro, Third Grader, May 25
    • Paige Lauro, Third Grader, May 25

    Happy birthday to the following staff members who celebrate this week:

    • Mrs. Bodow, GT Instructor, May 18
    • Mrs. Matten, Music Teacher, May 21
    • Mrs. Miller, Physical Therapist, May 22
    • Mrs. Gregory-Egypt, Instructional Aide, May 25

    I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include:

    Thanks so much and enjoy the week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 18, 2020--Remote Learning Week 9

    Thursday, 5-21: Student Council School Spirit Day!  Wear Red, White and Blue!

    Friday, 5-22: Schools Closed for Students and Staff

    Week of May 25, 2020--Remote Learning Week 10

    Monday, 5-25: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 5-29: Caring Communities Session (information forthcoming)

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  • May 10, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/10/2020 5:30:00 PM

     

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing Hillside moms!  I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful day!

    Thanks to the families and students who participated in Friday's ScienceTellers "Aliens" assemblies and OPEN National Field Day!  I hope your children enjoyed the assemblies.  Mr. Conrad, the assembly host, visits Hillside's Kindergarteners and first graders every year and it was great to have him as the presenter.  And, I have seen so many photos of families who participated and had fun with Field Day, and would love to see more, so please do send along if you have not had the chance yet!

    We have a PTA meeting this Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.  Please see the calendar below for a link to the meeting.  Thank you and I hope to see you there!

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Reminders:

    1. Flipgrid Dance Party activity (password is Hillside98).  It’s never too late!  We know a lot of our students can dance, and that is surely hereditary! 
    1. I would like to share information regarding a virtual interactive speaker series related to STEM that is designed to inspire students, teachers and parents.  While this event is designated for students in middle school or older, it may be worthwhile for our older (and younger!) elementary students.  The event is “X-STEM All Access” and  will take place on May 13-15 and May 18-19. This event will be free to attend and you can register by clicking here:  https://usasciencefestival.org/x-stem-all-access-2020/.  Special thanks to Hillside parent, Mrs. Kane, for sharing this opportunity with us!
    1. Special thanks to the students who have already completed and sent photos of their Worldwide Day of Gratitude activities and the Art Appreciation activity.  It is not too late to do so and we love seeing your work, so please send it to us! :)

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Happy birthday to the following students who  celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Sehaj Khaira, Third Grader, May 11
    • Jovani Rios, Fourth Grader, May 11
    • Will Davis, Fifth Grader, May 11
    • Ariel Velez, Kindergartener, May 12
    • Anthony Nunez, Kindergartener, May 12
    • Sara Gutch, Second Grader,  May 12
    • Jade Shi, Third Grader, May 12
    • Soham Prabhakar, First Grader, May 13
    • Cole Walvick, First Grader, May 13
    • Samuel Xue, Fourth Grader, May 13
    • Livia Yu, Third Grader, May 16
    • Ethan Borgella, Third Grader, May 16
    • Zainab Ahmed, Fifth Grader, May 16
    • Declan Weng, Second Grader, May 17
    • Kyleen Liao, Third Grader, May 17

    That's a lot of birthdays!  I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include:

    • Chicken Hatchlings!!  Since Kindergarteners cannot hatch their own ducklings this year in classrooms, they will be watching live chicken hatching thanks to the University of Nebraska!  I share this information with all families who may be interested in watching the same with children of all ages:
      • Chicken Webcam https://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/embryology/eggcam
      • Our virtual Hatching start date is on Wednesday, May 13
      • Live candling with audio: Tuesday, May 19, 2pm Eastern
      • Live candling with audio: Tuesday, May 26, 2pm
      • Hatch dates: Tuesday, June 2–Wednesday, June 3
    • First graders will observe the development of tadpoles into frogs by watching this daily webcam.  All are welcome to join!
    • Grade 2 Butterfly Hatching!  Please visit this link to a document created by Dr. Gemellaro, K-6 Science Supervisor, of the larvae development each day for second graders to observe.  All are welcome to track the larvae with the daily video clips!
    • Virtual Science Museums!  If you can't come to the museum, have the museum come to you!  These museums have virtual tours and/or special events to enrich science learning at home.
    • Partner Games!  This will bring you to a folder of games that can be played virtually if students (or parents) want to share with friends and play.  
    • Math At Home Week 8

    Thanks so much and enjoy the week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 11, 2020--Remote Learning Week 8

    Tuesday, 5-12: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (click for Zoom link)

    Week of May 18, 2020--Remote Learning Week 9

    Thursday, 5-21: Student Council School Spirit Day!  Wear Red, White and Blue!

    Friday, 5-22: Schools Closed for Students and Staff

    Week of May 25, 2020--Remote Learning Week 10

    Monday, 5-25: Memorial Day, Schools Closed

    Friday, 5-29: Caring Communities Session (information forthcoming)

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  • May 8, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/8/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Good morning, Hillside Families!

    Please see here for today's morning announcements.  

    Additional items:

    • Please enjoy this photo montage of our School Spirit Disney Day.  Thanks, again, to Mrs. Schroeder for offering her creative abilities!
    • Today is OPEN National Field Day!  Please see the Field Day Agenda for complete information for the day.  Have a great time and please do send us photos!  If you can't get to the four activities today, it's okay to take the weekend, too!  Have fun and enjoy spending this Field Day with your families! 
    • We have our ScienceTellers "Aliens" assemblies this morning; grades 3-5 at 9:00 a.m. and grades K-2 at 10:30 a.m.  Classroom teachers will send links to your Zoom assemblies in their agendas this morning.  Supplemental materials, like a study guide and follow-up activities, can be found here.  These are optional activities.
    • Please remember to still respond to classroom teachers for daily attendance!

    Thank you, have a wonderful day and enjoy the weekend!

    Best,

    Mr. Gramata

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  • May 3, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/3/2020 3:15:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend and the amazing sunny and warm weather we’ve had!

    This upcoming week is “Staff Appreciation Week” and I would like to kick off the week by thanking all of the Hillside staff, including teachers and faculty, instructional, Kindergarten and lunch aides, and the office and custodial staff, for all that they do every day and every school year to ensure the school’s success.  It takes all of our 80 staff members to ensure that we can provide our students with the best possible education and care, and I am sincerely grateful for their efforts and unwavering commitment to the students.  They are second-to-none, and I hope that students and families will join me in recognizing this amazing group of educators and people.  Go, Hillside Huskies!

    We look forward to a fun week ahead with several activities, including Hillside’s Kahoot! Trivia Game on Tuesday, and Friday’s ScienceTellers “Alien” Assemblies and Open National Field Day!  Here’s some information about each:

    • Hillside’s Kahoot! Trivia Game RSVP is due today!  We believe the game will work best if families have two devices available--one for Kahoot! and the other for Zoom.  We recommend that families download the Kahoot! Application on a smartphone or tablet before the event.  We will send all links and any other needed information by midday Tuesday.  Thanks so much and we look forward to it!
    • The ScienceTellers “Alien” Assemblies will take place on Friday morning.  The first at 9:00 a.m. is for students in grades 3-5 and the second at 10:30 a.m. is for students in grades K-2.  Zoom links for these assemblies will come with teachers’ Friday agendas.  Thanks so much!
    • For Friday’s Open National Field Day, no registration is required.  We do ask that families find all information, including instructional videos for each activity, in the OPEN National Field Day Google Classroom.  The Classroom Code is  gd6pb6j.  Note:  Families must use their children’s Google credentials from school to sign in; personal Gmail addresses will NOT permit you to access the Classroom.  Thank you!
    • REMINDER note about Friday, May 8th:  Other than the “Aliens” assemblies, Friday is a “no screen” day.  Teachers and other staff members will not provide any additional assignments or schedule meetings on this day, so that families can participate and enjoy the assemblies and National Field Day.  Although we’d love some nice weather for Friday, Field Day activities are designed to be conducted indoors or outdoors, so we don’t have to worry about that, thankfully! 

    Thanks so much to the students who submitted their completed Puzzle Pieces for the Caring Communities activity from 4-24.  We’ve put together a slideshow montage of the puzzle pieces that can be found at this link: Caring Communities Puzzle Piece Slideshow.  Thanks so much to Mrs. Schroeder, Kindergarten Aide, for creating this show for us to enjoy!  (Note: We believe we’ve included all photos received, but do ask for forgiveness if we accidentally omitted any!)

    Special thanks to the students who have already completed and sent photos of their Worldwide Day of Gratitude activities and the Art Appreciation activity.  It is not too late to do so and we love seeing your work, so please send it to us! :)

    I would like to share information regarding a virtual interactive speaker series related to STEM that is designed to inspire students, teachers and parents.  While this event is designated for students in middle school or older, it may be worthwhile for our older (and younger!) elementary students.  The event is “X-STEM All Access” and  will take place on May 13-15 and May 18-19. This event will be free to attend and you can register by clicking here:  https://usasciencefestival.org/x-stem-all-access-2020/.  Special thanks to Hillside parent, Mrs. Kane, for sharing this opportunity with us!

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Reminder:

    Flipgrid Dance Party activity (password is Hillside98).  It’s never too late!  We know a lot of our students can dance, and that is surely hereditary! ____________________________________________________________________________

    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this upcoming week:

    • Derrick Chu, Second Grader, May 5
    • Ben Strasnick, Fourth Grader, May 5
    • Hayley Lewis, Fifth Grader, May 8
    • Santino Otero, Fifth Grader, May 8
    • Jonathan Gao, Fifth Grader, May 8

    I hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    Please continue to visit the district’s Remote Learning Center Site for supplemental activities produced by district supervisors.  Highlighted activities this week include this Intro to Coding Board, created by K-6 Science Supervisor, Dr. Gemellaro, this Social Studies/Science Scavenger Hunt created by our K-6 Social Studies Supervisor, Mr. Bickel, and Dr. Gemellaro, and this Math at Home document created by Mrs. Rodriguez, K-6 Math Supervisor.  Enjoy! 

    Thanks so much and have a great week!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 


    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of May 4, 2020—Staff Appreciation Week

    Tuesday, 5-5:             Cinco de Mayo

    Hillside Kahoot! Trivia Game for Families, 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 5-8: Mrs. Price’s Last Day at Hillside!  Congratulations, Mrs. Price!

    Live ScienceTeller’s Virtual Assemblies for Students, “Aliens”

    Grades 3-5 @ 9:00 a.m.; Grades K-2 @ 10:30 (link to assemblies forthcoming!)

    OPEN National Field Day!, Google Classroom Code: gd6pb6j

    Week of May 11, 2020--Remote Learning Week 8

    Tuesday, 5-12: Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (agenda and link forthcoming)

    Week of May 18, 2020

    More Remote Learning or return to school?  We shall see!

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  • OPEN National Field Day, Friday, May 8th

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/29/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    We have TWO special activities planned for Friday, May 8th!  As you already know, the first will be an assembly by ScienceTellers called "Aliens" (grades 3-5 at 9:00 a.m.; grades K-2 at 10:30 a.m.).  Viewing information will follow. 

    The second will be a special kind of Field Day.  Friday, May 8th, is OPEN National Field Day.  Our physical education teacher, Jackie Gronek, has registered Hillside to participate.  Please see this family letter and slide presentation for information. 

    Finally, it would be difficult to participate in these activities while attempting to complete other schoolwork.  So, we are also declaring Friday, May 8th, a "no screen" day!  Other than these two special activities, there will be no other lessons or meetings with teachers on that day.

    I thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation, and very much look forward to that exciting day!

    Warmly,

    Mr. Gramata

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